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Bible school registration

The ecumenical Vacation Bible School will be July 17-21 at the Village Congregational, Church St., Whitinsville. The VBS is sponsored by the Northbridge Association of Churches. The time is 9:00 am to 12 noon, followed by swimming.
All children who are age 4 through Grade 6 are welcome. Youth are invited to be helpers. 
Our program consists of Bible stories, worship, singing, craf... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank promotes five employees

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, June, 2017 — Millbury Savings Bank has promoted five of its employees.

Jason M. Faber is now executive vice president and senior loan officer. He joined Millbury Savings Bank in 2014 as senior vice president and senior commercial loan officer. Mr. Faber holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech. He and his family live in Auburn.

Kevin S. Higginbottom... Read More

bankHometown joins push for new Webster library

By Rod Lee

The atmosphere as town of Webster residents await the new Chester C. Corbin Public Library, now under construction and scheduled to open next spring, is probably no different than it was when its predecessor began operations nearly a century ago—in July of 1921.

There was undoubtedly much fanfare then in anticipation of a building designed by the New York architectural firm Titan & Githens. The same e... Read More

Stark Strong; for Marion, for Nathan, for cancer research

By Rod Lee

The imprint that Marion J. Stark left on her community and her family goes much deeper than the town seal she designed for Boylston, Massachusetts and the affection with which she was held by her grandson Nathan.

Marion died at the age of seventy-six on March 1st, 2016 after a ten-year struggle with endometrial cancer. Her life of accomplishment as a wife, mother, grandmother, artist, Sunday school teache... Read More

Still striking at 96

That would be Grace Burns, who at age 96 still hits the bowling alley several times a week. For Grace, bowling has long been a way of life, so why not continue?

She was born and raised in Millville and still lives in the same house. At 18, she started working at Capron’s boarding house (now home of Cove Insurance Company) in the center of Uxbridge.

Grace’s job was to prepare lunch and dinner for boarders, and when s... Read More

Wide World of Indoor Sports to launch trampoline court

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Imagine, this summer, finding ways to stay active and burn beach-body calories while having hours of free, unadulterated fun, the kind of fun that makes you want to jump for joy. Imagine being free and light on your feet, as though you’re walking on air. North Smithfield’s Wide World of Indoor Sports has your vision covered. 

On June 17, the state-of-the-art indoor sports facility wi... Read More

Uxbridge Farmers Market ready for breakout year

The Uxbridge Farmers Market is looking forward to an exciting fourth season. “We have at least eight vendors committed for every week, and 12 for some weeks” said market committee member Travis Baker. “I think this will be our breakout year. The relocation to the Uxbridge Town Common was a good move.”

Now centrally located at the Common on Court Street, the market has proven to be a great source for fresh produce, soaps an... Read More

Paul Ward, Douglas Flea are a good fit

By Rod Lee

There is only one way to fully appreciate the thousands of antiques and collectibles that are amassed on the floor of the Douglas Flea Market on Northeast Main St. That is through the eyes of a dealer like Paul Ward. Without the backstory—the provenance of the items you have been examining that Mr. Ward and his fellow dealers are able to offer—the experience is far less fulfilling.

Sixty-eight years old,... Read More

Lisa Jane’s a different breed of hair salon

By Rod Lee

Wall art—scenes from London, Paris and Italy—are the first clue that Lisa Jane’s is not a typical hair salon. The framed pictures are a reflection of Owner Lisa Desjarlais Amaral’s love of travel; as a flute or piccolo in her hands would be evidence of her longtime involvement in the Blackstone Valley Community Band—if those instruments were also on display.

Nestled on Providence Road in a pocket of Linwo... Read More

Historic Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse to host Open House series

The historic 1770 Quaker Meetinghouse at the corner of Quaker Highway and Aldrich Street in Uxbridge will hold a series of Open Houses this summer.  “Many people have commented that the meetinghouse seems to have new life as a result of our cleanup efforts last fall”, noted Ellen Perry, President of the Quaker Meeting House Association. “We hope that our summer events will highlight the wealth of local history that is associated... Read More